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Effects of Dronabinol (Oral THC) on Cannabis Use

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01394185
First Posted: July 14, 2011
Last Update Posted: August 3, 2017
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Collaborator:
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Johns Hopkins University
  Purpose
Study participants received dronabinol (0, 120mg/day and 240mg/day) for 12 consecutive days in a randomized order. During each dronabinol maintenance period they were able to self-administer active or placebo cannabis using either a progressive ratio schedule or choice between cannabis and monetary alternative.

Condition Intervention Phase
Marijuana Smoking Drug: Dronabinol 120mg/day Drug: Placebo Drug: Dronabinol 240mg/day Phase 1 Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Effects of Dronabinol (Oral THC) on Cannabis Use

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Further study details as provided by Johns Hopkins University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Marijuana Self-administration - Progressive Ratio [ Time Frame: 12-day Dronabinol maintenance period ]
    Participants will be able to self-administer cannabis cigarettes (weighing about 0.8 grams and with about 6% THC) under a progressive ratio schedule. The number of progressive ratios completed (and thus, cannabis cigarettes consumed) is the primary study endpoint

  • Marijuana Self-administration - Drug Vs Money Choice [ Time Frame: 12-day Dronabinol maintenance period ]
    Participants will be able to self-administer cannabis cigarettes (weighing about 0.8 grams and with about 6% THC) in 5 discrete choices each day between one cannabis cigarette and $1. The number of cannabis cigarettes chosen (and subsequently self-administered) is the primary study endpoint


Enrollment: 25
Study Start Date: February 2011
Study Completion Date: September 2012
Primary Completion Date: September 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Low Dose Dronabinol, High Dose Dronabinol, and placebo
Participants were administered dronabinol (0 mg/day, 120mg/day and 240mg/day) for 12 days each in a random order
Drug: Dronabinol 120mg/day
Participants receive 40mg dronabinol 3 times daily
Other Names:
  • Marinol
  • THC
Drug: Placebo
Participants receive placebo
Drug: Dronabinol 240mg/day
Participants receive 80mg dronabinol 3 times daily
Other Names:
  • Marinol
  • THC

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 100 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Current use of marijuana
  • Able to give informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Daily use of psychoactive medication
  • Current Axis I psychiatric disorder other than dependence on cannabis or nicotine, or abuse of drugs or alcohol
  • Women who are pregnant, breast feeding, or planning to become pregnant within the next 3 months
  • Those seeking treatment for cannabis-related problems or using cannabis under the guidance of a physician for a medical disorder
  • Uncontrolled or unstable cardiovascular disease
  • Allergy to sesame oil
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01394185


Locations
United States, Maryland
Johns Hopkins University (Bayview Campus)
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21224
Sponsors and Collaborators
Johns Hopkins University
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Ryan Vandrey, Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Johns Hopkins University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01394185     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NA_00041251
R01DA025044 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Submitted: July 12, 2011
First Posted: July 14, 2011
Results First Submitted: April 18, 2017
Results First Posted: August 3, 2017
Last Update Posted: August 3, 2017
Last Verified: August 2017

Keywords provided by Johns Hopkins University:
marijuana
dronabinol
pharmacotherapy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Marijuana Abuse
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders
Dronabinol
Hallucinogens
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Psychotropic Drugs
Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
Analgesics
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Cannabinoid Receptor Agonists
Cannabinoid Receptor Modulators
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Hormones
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists